Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Ophthalmologists at Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) and a Mubadala Health Partner, have successfully restored the vision of a 40-year-old UAE patient with Down syndrome. The patient had one of her eyes removed at a younger age due to complications from glaucoma surgery. Her vision in her only seeing eye began to gradually deteriorate over the past 3 years and recently lost almost all functional vision.
Since childhood, the patient has suffered from eye problems and has experienced learning difficulties associated with Down syndrome. She had several surgeries to treat glaucoma in both eyes 15 years ago at one of the medical centers, but unfortunately suffered complications and completely lost sight in her left eye. The size of the eye shrank considerably and was extremely painful, due to previous eye surgeries she had undergone; thus, she underwent a left eye removal procedure.
“The patient came to Moorfields Eye Hospital in Abu Dhabi as her sight worsened in her right eye – the only seeing eye. Her case was very complex as she suffered from cataracts, glaucoma, recurrent uveitis and lens iris adhesions from previous eye surgeries, ”said Dr Igor Kozak, Clinical Manager and Ophthalmology Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital. “At Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi, we are fully equipped with the most advanced technologies according to international standards, and have leading ophthalmologists with the experience to treat the range of eye diseases in adults and children with better clinical results. . The hospital has always cared for determined people and provided them with the care they needed. This is part of UEMedical’s inclusion strategy, which ensures that all of our clinical and non-clinical members are fully trained to care for the specified people.
Dr Syed Ali, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Abu Dhabi, who operated on patient Aida, said: “Aida has recently become completely dependent on her sisters due to a severe visual impairment. She was unable to see her food on the plate. Walking to new places without help was not possible for her either.
“The patient needed cataract surgery and had severe adhesions to the iris of the lens. This required surgery to restore her vision and allow ophthalmologists to monitor her optic nerve and retina, which was not possible with her dense cataract. The operation was recently performed at Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi under general anesthesia as we needed to calm her down and make her comfortable. As a patient with Down’s syndrome who had undergone several surgeries before, she developed a fear of hospitals and procedures. The hour-long operation included the removal of her natural opaque lens and the implantation of an artificial lens inside her eye, which allowed her to fully restore her sight in the right eye. The procedure was complex due to adhesions of the pupil and lens in reaction to previous glaucoma surgeries and inflammation (recurrent uveitis). The latest techniques were used during the surgery. The pupil was detached from the lens, then a very dense cataract was removed and replaced with a new artificial lens that restored her sight to 6/6. She also required strong anti-inflammatory treatment after surgery. Her family members were worried about the operation as it was the only hope that she would see them again as her left eye had been removed a long time ago, otherwise she would have remained blind ”, added Dr Syed Ali . “Performing cataract surgery in patients with uveitis and previous intraocular surgery with adhesion of the lens and iris is always a challenge and requires careful care and planning before, during and after surgery. They require frequent follow-up for the first 8 weeks after surgery to recognize any relapse of uveitis and treat early to avoid eye-threatening complications.
Ms. Asmaa Ahmed, the patient’s sister expressed her joy and gratitude after the successful procedure which allowed her sister to see her again. “Restoring her vision helped her in her daily tasks without depending on the help of others. For the past 2 years she has needed help with the most basic things such as walking, eating and getting around. Her reaction when the bandage was removed from her eye after surgery was very touching. She was extremely happy to see us again. She brought tears to the eyes of everyone in the room! On behalf of my family and sister, I would like to deeply thank the medical, technical and nursing teams at Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi for their efforts with Aida since day one.
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